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A major publishing event: an unprecedented look into the life of the woman who most singularly shaped Barack Obama: his mother. President Obama has written extensively about his father, but little is known about Stanley Ann Dunham, the fiercely independent woman who raised him, the person he credits for, as he says, ´´what is best in me.´´ Here is the missing piece of the story. Award-winning reporter Janny Scott interviewed nearly 200 of Dunham´s friends, colleagues, and relatives (including both her children), and combed through boxes of personal and professional papers, letters to friends, and photo albums, to uncover the full breadth of this woman´s inspiring and untraditional life, and to show the remarkable extent to which she shaped the man Obama is today. Dunham´s story moves from Kansas and Washington state to Hawaii and Indonesia. It begins in a time when interracial marriage was still a felony in much of the United States, and culminates in the present, with her son as our president - something she never got to see. It is a poignant look at how character is passed from parent to child, and offers insight into how Obama´s destiny was created early, by his mother´s extraordinary faith in his gifts and by her unconventional mothering. Finally, it is a heartbreaking story of a woman who died at age 52, before her son would go on to his greatest accomplishments and reflections of what she taught him. 1. Language: English. Narrator: January LaVoy. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/peng/001689/bk_peng_001689_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´November 9th´´, by George Packer: 20th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. ANNALS OF NATIONAL SECURITY´´Defending the Arsenal´´, by Seymour M. Hersh: In an unstable Pakistan, can nuclear warheads be kept safe?ANNALS OF SCIENCE´´Nightmare Scenario´´, by Margaret Talbot: How to write away bad dreams.THE TALK OF THE TOWN´´Perfect Paper´´, by Ian Parker: The New York Yankees victory parade.THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Death Calls´´, by David Denby: Reviews of The Messenger and The Box. 1. Language: English. Narrator: uncredited. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/091111/pe_nyer_091111_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this issue:COMMENT´´A Lot of Gas´´, by Elizabeth Kolbert: Bad policy on the campaign trail. THE TALK OF THE TOWN ´´The Trade´´, by Ben McGrath: New Yorkers get a taste of Tebow.PROFILES´´Mayor Presumptive´´, by Rebecca Mead: Christine Quinn’s patience. THE WAYWARD PRESS´´Mail Supremacy´´, by Lauren Collins: The paper that rules Britannia. PERSONAL HISTORY´´Dentists Without Borders´´, by David Sedaris: A French way with teeth. THE CURRENT CINEMA´´Kids at Risk´´, by David Denby: Reviews of The Hunger Games and Bully. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Dan Bernard, Christine Marshall. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/pe/nyer/120328/pe_nyer_120328_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Chris Edwards and Don Boudreaux on the stimulus and bigger government Sallie James on how to free trade in services. Michael Cannon on the uncertain future of American health care. Jeffrey Rosen on whether Obama will protect our civil liberties. Robert Pape on the rise of suicide terrorism in Afghanistan. Ted Galen Carpenter on how the American drug war is ruining Mexico. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Caleb Brown. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/sp/cato/090401/sp_cato_090401_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In this series of lectures, Professor Ken Masugi of Johns Hopkins University examines the importance of rhetoric in American politics. Political speeches have, since the nation’s inception, defined and shaped American politics. Professor Masugi demonstrates how the greatest American political speeches take their bearings from the Declaration of Independence and the Federalist Papers. As the lectures proceed, Professor Masugi investigates the rhetoric of America’s most revered statesman, Abraham Lincoln, before exploring the works of other transformational U.S. presidents, including Woodrow Wilson, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Ronald Reagan, and Barack Obama. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Professor Ken Masugi. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/reco/006161/bk_reco_006161_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Every day, President Obama reads ten representative letters among the thousands he receives from citizens across the land. The letters come from people of all ages, walks of life, and political points of view. Some are heartbreaking, some angry, some hopeful. Indeed, Obama reads as many letters addressed ´´Dear Jackass” as ´´Dear Mr. President.” Eli Saslow, a young and rising star at the Washington Post, became fascinated by the power of these letters and set out to find the stories behind them. Through the lens of ten letters to which Obama responded personally, this exceptionally relevant and poignant book explores those individual stories, taking an in-depth look at the misfortunes, needs, opinions, and, yes, anger over the current state of the country that inspired ten people to put pen to paper. Surprisingly, what also emerges from these affecting personal narratives is a story about the astounding endurance and optimism of the American people. Ten Letters is an inspiring and important book about ordinary people and the issues they face every day - the very issues that are shaping America’s future. This is not an insider Washington book by any means, but a book for the times that tells the real American stories of today. From the Hardcover edition. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Robertson Dean. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/rand/002787/bk_rand_002787_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
In The Story of America, Harvard historian and New Yorker staff writer Jill Lepore investigates American origin stories - from John Smith´s account of the founding of Jamestown in 1607 to Barack Obama´s 2009 inaugural address - to show how American democracy is bound up with the history of print. Over the centuries, Americans have read and written their way into a political culture of ink and type. Part civics primer, part cultural history, The Story of America excavates the origins of everything from the paper ballot and the Constitution to the I.O.U. and the dictionary. Along the way it presents fresh readings of Benjamin Franklin´s Way to Wealth, Thomas Paine´s Common Sense, ´´The Raven´´ by Edgar Allan Poe, and ´´Paul Revere´s Ride´´ by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, as well as histories of lesser-known genres, including biographies of presidents, novels of immigrants, and accounts of the Depression. From past to present, Lepore argues, Americans have wrestled with the idea of democracy by telling stories. In this thoughtful and provocative book, Lepore offers at once a history of origin stories and a meditation on storytelling itself. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Colleen Devine. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/adbl/007317/bk_adbl_007317_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Celebrate Earth Day with Dr. Seuss and the Lorax in this classic picture book about protecting the environment! ´´I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.´´ Dr. Seuss´s beloved story teaches kids to speak up and stand up for those who can´t. With a recycling-friendly ´´Go Green´´ message, The Lorax allows young readers to experience the beauty of the Truffula Trees and the danger of taking our earth for granted, all in a story that is timely, playful, and hopeful. The book´s final pages teach us that just one small seed, or one small child, can make a difference. Printed on recycled paper, this book is the perfect gift for Earth Day and for any child-or child at heart-who is interested in recycling, advocacy, and the environment, or just loves nature and playing outside. ´´Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better. It´s not.´´ ´´Pretty much all the stuff you need to know is in Dr. Seuss.´´ -President Barack Obama